It was long believed that Towns, who has represented Brooklyn's 10th CD in Congress since 1982, would quietly step away from a life in politics and “give” the seat to his son, Darryl, as is so often done in the family-centric world of Brooklyn politics. (Oh hell, how about the family-centric world of all New York City politics!)
But now that the younger Towns has accepted the post of housing czar in the Cuomo administration, it looks less likely that he will attempt to take over for his father at some point, which has some other Brooklyn pols chomping at the bit.
It's well know that Councilman Charles Barron and Assemblyman Roger Green would like the job – they've both challenged Towns in the past. And it's rumored that Councilwoman Letitia James has her eyes on the position as well.
Now Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries is considering throwing his hat in the ring. Earlier this week we stumbled across a new exploratory website for a possible Jeffries campaign - you can view it yourself by scanning the barcode at the bottom of this column – soliciting contributions and feedback for a possible run.
This could make for an extremely messy Democratic Primary.